Arabic News

Aguila Saleh’s visit to Algeria raises questions about his agenda and that of hosts

ALGIERS–The Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Aguila Saleh, arrived in the Algerian capital on Saturday for an unscheduled visit, at a time when Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune renewed his country’s desire to play a mediating role between the opposed factions in the Libyan crisis. The Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives was received by his Algerian counterpart,  Slimane Chenine, ...

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US Bill Against Cuban ‘Doctor Trafficking’ Could Impact Algeria

A US senator introduced a new bill on June 17 targeting countries that hire Cuban doctors through the island country’s “medical missions,” less than one month after Algeria publicized its involvement in the practice. The bill, titled “Cut Profits to the Cuban Regime Act,” requires the US State Department to publicize the list of countries that benefit from Cuba’s medical missions. An ...

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Post-lockdown recovery up in flames for Tunisia market vendors

TUNIS: It was the first day that the whole of the Tunis medina was open for business after nearly three months of lockdown, but market vendor Abdelaziz Talbi wasn’t working. He had nothing to sell. Three weeks earlier, just as Tunisia began easing its lockdown to allow some markets to open, the 67-year-old had lost his entire stock of clothes ...

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Tunisia has beaten coronavirus: prime minister

Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh announced Sunday that the country has achieved a victory against the novel coronavirus as it has recorded almost no new new cases. Fakhfakh made the statement on a local TV channel, saying Tunisians should be proud of themselves for beating the virus. “We came out of this crisis with really important health consequences and the ...

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Egyptian workers return from Libya after incendiary video

CAIRO — Twenty-three Egyptian workers who were recently detained by militias allied with the Tripoli-based government in western Libya and later released arrived home on Thursday, Egypt’s official news agency MENA reported. Meanwhile, the U.S. military renewed its accusations that the Russian government is deploying warplanes to the North African country. The release and repatriation of the Egyptian workers came ...

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The unfolding geopolitical power play in war-torn Libya

After Libya’s renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar failed to seize Tripoli following a 14-month military campaign, his foreign backers are repositioning themselves on the battlefield for maximum leverage, analysts say. In the past month, the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) recaptured strategic locations including the al-Watiya airbase and Tarhuna, Haftar’s last major stronghold in western Libya, which had been ...

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Explained: What’s behind the Ethiopia-Sudan border row?

Amid heightened tension along its border with Ethiopia, Sudan swore in a new defense minister. Major General Yassin Ibrahim Yassin was recalled from retirement to fill the position following the death of General Gamal al-Din Omar. Yassin’s swearing-in came after an alleged Ethiopian cross-border attack which left at least one Sudanese soldier and a child dead, according to Sudan’s military. ...

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Morocco Confirms 27 New COVID-19 Cases, 20 Recoveries

Rabat – Morocco’s Ministry of Health today confirmed 27 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 8,030 as of 10 a.m. on June 5. The ministry reported 20 new recoveries. The total number of recovered patients stands at 7,215, as of this morning. The death toll remains 208, with zero deaths registered today. Morocco’s pandemic fatality rate is ...

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Tunisia intercepts multiple migrant departures in separate operations

Tunisian authorities in recent days have stopped various attempts by migrants to illegally depart for Europe. During their operations, the authorities also seized cash linked to criminal activity. Tunisian authorities are continuing their efforts to fight emigration towards Europe, with various operations in recent days resulting in dozens of people being intercepted. In one operation, the Tunisian Coast Guard in ...

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Algeria to ease coronavirus restrictions on Sunday

ALGIERS: Algeria will resume some economic activities and allow a number of businesses to reopen from Sunday as part of a plan to end the coronavirus lockdown, the prime minister’s office said on Thursday. It said the government would allow the construction and public works sector to resume activity to help ease the impact of the coronavirus-linked restrictions imposed in ...

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